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Baby bottle tooth decay is a common oral health disorder commonly seen in children often as the result of liquids within baby bottles. Listed below are important facts regarding baby bottle tooth decay:

– Never take products from your mouth and place in your child’s mouth that have not been cleaned beforehand. This contains pacifiers, bottles, and brushes, as they can all introduce new bacteria from your mouth to your child’s.

– Children begin to have their first teeth flare up above the gum line around 6 months old. When the teeth begin to show, clean and care for them daily to prevent baby bottle tooth decay.

– Keep bottles away from your child as they sleep so that they do not fall asleep with the bottle in their mouth where liquid can pool.

– If you are feeding your child sugary drinks, such as soda, sports drinks, sugar water, and juice, you greatly increase their chances for baby bottle tooth decay.

– Honey or other sweet ingredients should not be used atop baby bottles to encourage your child to drink from their bottle.

– The recommended amount of toothpaste to be used for children under three should be the size of a rice grain, and should never contain fluoride.

If you would like to set up an appointment to discuss your child’s baby bottle tooth decay treatment with Dr. Christopher Layton and our team at Calavera Hills Dental, please call 760-842-5876 to set up a visit to our pediatric office in Oceanside, California. Come in soon to experience all about the joys of a better smile.